First Subaru in US with updated EyeSight technology
After the 2024 updates were unveiled for the nearly identical Toyota bZ4X, Subaru has also revealed that the Solterra will be receiving updates for the upcoming model year. However, unlike its Toyota counterpart, the enhancements on the Subie electric vehicle will not result in an increase in price.
The 2024 Solterra will introduce a new feature in the form of a square steering wheel equipped with paddle switches for regenerative braking. This innovation was initially presented at the Tokyo Mobility Show in the previous year, prompted by feedback from customers who expressed concerns about the bulky round steering wheel obstructing their view of the digital instrument cluster.
For the upcoming 2024 version, there will be a new feature that comes standard on all models: roof rails. These rails have been given a rating for their strength, with a static load capacity of 700 pounds for rooftop tents and a dynamic load capacity of 176 lbs.
Subaru has made significant advancements in the fast-charging capabilities of the Solterra’s lithium-ion battery pack. It now has the ability to reach a 10-80% charge in just 35 minutes, an astonishing improvement of 21 minutes from its previous model. It is worth noting that beginning in 2025, owners of the Subaru Solterra will only have access to Tesla superchargers. In addition, the battery conditioning system of the Solterra has also been enhanced for the 2024 edition. This upgraded feature allows for quicker charging at temperatures below freezing, with potential charging time improvements of up to 80 minutes in certain conditions compared to its predecessor.
The 2024 Solterra serves as a platform for the introduction of fresh Subaru EyeSight capabilities that are not currently available on any other models in the United States. It now enables hands-free driving at speeds up to 25 mph, including navigating through stop-and-go traffic. The electric SUV is also equipped with the ability to switch lanes when the turn signals are used, and an additional safety feature has been incorporated – the Front Cross Traffic Alert – to enhance the security when entering intersections. Furthermore, the DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation system by Subaru has been newly integrated.
Irrespective of the model, the Solterra range will maintain Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive technology, unrivaled 8.3 inches of terrain clearance, and Dual-Function X-MODE. The trio of trims – Premium, Limited, and Touring – each feature a pair of electric motors, delivering a total 215 horsepower and 249 lb-ft of torque. The 72.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack retains its capability to provide an EPA-rated distance of up to 227 miles.
The 2024 Soltera has recently landed at Subaru dealerships with a starting price of $44,995 for the Premium version, $48,495 for the Limited edition, and $51,995 for the high-end Touring model. It’s worth noting that these prices do not include destination charges, which have increased from $1,225 in 2023 to $1,345 in 2024.
In addition to fixed base rates, potential buyers will be pleased to know that the Solterra will be added to the roster of vehicles eligible for federal tax incentives starting in 2024. Furthermore, each purchase or lease includes a bonus of 10 days of access to rental Subaru models at select retailers.